Back in June, when on a roll of signing absurd executive orders that no one ever asked for, Donald Trump decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, which he deemed "very unfair."
Back then, America would've been one of three countries – alongside Syria and Nicaragua – to stay out of the climate deal, but uh-oh, guess what, over the last months, both countries announced they'll be signing the global pact leaving America completely and utterly alone in the opposition camp.
You would think Trump is biting his nails now, reconsidering all the horrible decisions he's made as President? Nope. Not even close. The guy has been sharing plans to drastically cut climate change funding, which also includes donations made to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that produces scientific research of climate change and its impact on global politics and economy.
At the moment, the United States contributes over $2 million a year to the IPCC, which operates under the United Nations. However, upon America's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, which is set for November of 2020, that money would be lost and heavily impact the panel's resources. That doesn't sit well with France's newly elected president, Emmanuel Macron.
Attending a UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany, Macron said climate change is "by far the most significant struggle of our times" and stressed the need for increased commitment to cut carbon emissions and dependency on coal power. Addressing Trump's decision to cut environmental funding, he added:
"We need scientific information that is constantly nourished to ensure clear decision making. The IPCC is one of the major components of this work. However, it is threatened today by the decision of the US not to guarantee funding for it.
Therefore, I propose that Europe replace America, and France will meet that challenge.
I would like to see the largest number of EU countries at our side, all together we can compensate for the loss of US funding [...] the IPCC will have all the money that it needs and it will continue to support our decision-making. They will not miss a single euro."
Macron's pledge was joined by the UK, which vowed to "double IPCC funding." The French president is also hosting a summit in Paris this December focusing on climate finance. Will Trump be there? We all know it is highly unlikely...